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Grit means to have courage and show strength of character, passion and perseverance. Paula’s career in radio and television is where she discovered her natural ability to interview, bringing out the best in her guest with empathy warmth and humour. Paula interviews a diverse range of guests who have made it to the top of their chosen field. They chat about the journey, obstacles and surprising moments they faced on the way to the top.

Pure Grit - with Paula McGrath Paula McGrath

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Grit means to have courage and show strength of character, passion and perseverance. Paula’s career in radio and television is where she discovered her natural ability to interview, bringing out the best in her guest with empathy warmth and humour. Paula interviews a diverse range of guests who have made it to the top of their chosen field. They chat about the journey, obstacles and surprising moments they faced on the way to the top.

    Kylie Moore-Gilbert – Part 2

    Kylie Moore-Gilbert – Part 2

    This is one of the most personal and candid episodes of Pure Grit yet. Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a scholar from Cambridge University and she was a lecturer for Middle Eastern Studies, history and politics at Melbourne University. Her University sponsored her when she was invited to speak at a conference in Iran. It was there her nightmare began…

    Arrested by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for espionage. She was completely innocent. I followed her plight to be freed from the beginning. This is one mentally tough, physically tough and resilient woman whom I admire immensely.

    Kylie is Pure Grit personified, surviving over 2 years of living hell (most of which was spent in isolation in a tiny cell). It’s hard to fathom surviving such torture.

    She is now an author, her book is called The Uncaged Sky. Stripped of all basic human rights, her story is harrowing. We talk very openly about her childhood and what lead her to study the Middle East. Kylie is unflinchingly honest as we talk about survival, new love, and new beginnings.

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    • 26 min
    Kylie Moore-Gilbert

    Kylie Moore-Gilbert

    This is one of the most personal and candid episodes of Pure Grit yet. Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a scholar from Cambridge University and she was a lecturer for Middle Eastern Studies, history and politics at Melbourne University. Her University sponsored her when she was invited to speak at a conference in Iran. It was there her nightmare began…

    Arrested by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for espionage. She was completely innocent. I followed her plight to be freed from the beginning. This is one mentally tough, physically tough and resilient woman whom I admire immensely.

    Kylie is Pure Grit personified, surviving over 2 years of living hell (most of which was spent in isolation in a tiny cell). It’s hard to fathom surviving such torture.

    She is now an author, her book is called The Uncaged Sky. Stripped of all basic human rights, her story is harrowing. We talk very openly about her childhood and what lead her to study the Middle East. Kylie is unflinchingly honest as we talk about survival, new love, and new beginnings.
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    • 47 min
    Pat Farmer AM

    Pat Farmer AM

    PAT FARMER AM ULTRAMARATHON RUNNER, EX-MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, CONSULTANT, KEY NOTE SPEAKER, Author Pat Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running.  In his 30 year ultra marathon running career , has run from the North Pole to the South Pole taking 10 months 13 days with not one day off. He as run the length  of India and Vietnam , through the Middle East, across America and Australia . Pat also served 8 years as a Member of Parliment. He has raised millions of dollars for charities and was awarded the high honour of the Order of Australia for his ultra marathon running , politics and charitable works. Having never run before he was inspired by the great Cliff Young at 18 and ran the Sydney to Melbourne Ultra. He is Pure Grit....this wonderful warm man with an incredible story will inspire you all.
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    • 46 min
    Steve Pullen on Pure Grit

    Steve Pullen on Pure Grit

    Steve Pullen Is a former Australian Ironman Champion. He is now business owner and father. He started his professional career as an athlete at the young age of 17. I grew up seeing him not only in the Uncle Toby's Iron Man series and Nutri Grain Iron Man series  but at 23 he was crowned Australian Iron Man Champion, yes one extremely fit athlete.   Then I recall one day seeing him not able to walk, I knew something was seriously wrong. Steve was diagnosed with something so rare he was only the 111th in the world and the 4th youngest at 38 it is called Poems Syndrome. Then being told he only had 2 years to live. He certainly pulled on his racing speedos and had something to prove. Now the race for his life.  With an incredible story to tell ...... and a lesson to never give up .  
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    • 47 min
    Karen Jacobsen AKA Siri

    Karen Jacobsen AKA Siri

     Karen Jacobsen was destined to be on stage as she dreamed of being just like Olivia Newton John as a young girl and she sure did moving to New York and becoming an award winning singer and songwriter. What she didn't expect was to go for an audition to record a text to speech voice system...that would then make her world famous ! " Siri" ' Is your name Karen?" 

    From that moment on she became a legend in pop culture and also has been getting us to our destinations and giving us directions via GPS all over the world . Karen is in over a billion devices. She is a business woman , powerful speaker, amazing singer songwriter and has just released an album. A delightful conversation with an incredible story which goes from losing it all to how you can start again and succeed.
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    • 42 min
    John Paul Young OAM

    John Paul Young OAM

    John Paul Young OAM  is one of the most iconic artist in Australian music history, with over 4 million worldwide record sales, induction into the Aria Hall of Fame and he received an Order of Australia Medal . He co-hosted the most famous music show in Australia's history Countdown with Molly Meldrum. He was actually  the first person to ever call Ian Molly Meldrum " Molly " on television ...introducing his segment like this " Here's boring old Molly with boring old humdrum"  We talk about his journey to Australia from Glasgow Scotland when he was 11, by boat to losing everything and having to start again, to his time on reality TV ....to celebrating 50 years with his Anniversary tour. We even share the exact same birthday ...! What a career .  
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Krissy Young ,

Fantastic interview!!

Paula is brilliant and amazing throughout the entire interview which was very insightful and inspiring! Awesome Podcasts!

JoelleAntoinette ,

Paula talks over

Listened to JPY episode and host kept speaking over him. Would have enjoyed hearing his stories, without her interrupting.

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Epic guests!

Love the range and guests and the conversations Paula has with them! Congrats on the podcast & keep it coming!

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